Review: ‘Eva & Adam: Four Birthdays And A Fiasco’

A story of love and jealousy between two 14-year-olds, "Eva & Adam" is a spinoff of a popular TV series. A B.O. hit in Sweden, pic is targeted at an early-teen audience, with the displays of affection mostly centered on kissing and holding hands, making it unembarrassing family fare. Offshore success looks unlikely, however.

A story of love and jealousy between two 14-year-olds, “Eva & Adam” is a straightforward spinoff of a popular TV series that began life first as a comic strip and then as a series of books. A runaway B.O. hit in Sweden, pic is targeted at an early-teen audience, with the displays of affection mostly centered on kissing and holding hands, making it unembarrassing family fare. Offshore success looks unlikely, however.

Eva (Ellen Fjaestad) and Adam (Carl-Robert Holmer-Karell) have already been a pair for three years — their past history is shown in a couple of flashbacks from the TV series — and their friends jokingly start to ask when they’re going to get married. This slowly gets on Eva’s nerves and she finally breaks off the relationship. Adam is hurt and, when he finds alternative companionship in the flirtatious Petra (Rosanna Munther), Eva realizes she made a mistake and sets out to get him back. Pic is efficiently directed and the young thesps, already familiar with their roles, are fine.

Eva & Adam: Four Birthdays And A Fiasco

Sweden

Production

A Svensk Filmindustri release of a Svensk Filmindustri/SVT Drama production. (International sales: SF, Stockholm.) Produced by Waldemar Bergendahl. Directed by Catti Edfeldt. Screenplay, Mans Gahrton, Johan Unenge.

Crew

Camera (color), Jan Rydqvist; editor, Christer Furubrand; music, Shebang, Irene Becker, Pierre Dorge; art directors, Hans Wannberg, Asa Schullerqvist, Lotta Nilsson; costume designer, Cilla Norborg. Reviewed at Falken, Jakobsberg, Sweden, March 3, 2001. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Ellen Fjaestad, Carl-Robert Holmer-Karell, Ulrika Bergman, Pablo Martinez, Rosanna Munther, Tove Edfledt, Anders Habenicht, Anki Larsson, Douglas Johansson, Erik Johansson, Alvin Nystrom, Maria af Malmborg, Carina M. Johansson, Per Holmberg, Ny Edfeldt, Carl Wachtmeister, Stefan Sundstrom.
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